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Hollywood’s Over-Reliance on Sequels (at times…)

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FirstShowing.net has a post detailing the latest “sequel” news, and it got me thinking….Has Hollywood really shifted so much as to totally rely on sequels to fill their summer calendars?

Detailed are the following possible sequels:

Kung-Fu Panda 2– This one just came out, and was pretty successful….of course, rumblings of a sequel will start immediately.  Hopefully Dreamworks doesn’t go the Shrek route with this one, because that franchise went downhill right after they announced Shrek 2,3, and 4.

Hellboy III- It’s been like 6 years since the first one came out, and it underperformed…Still, a sequel managed to be greenlit and it releases in a few weeks.  The thing is, I don’t see Hellboy 2 sticking around much after it’s first week considering it faces The Dark Knight the following week.  I’ll give this one a shot, simply because it’s sure to be visually stunning, after seeing how the trailers have turned out.

300 Sequel-  They couldn’t really call it 300– Part 2…that’d be weird.  This one just feels like it should be left alone.  It can’t really relate to anything in the first one could it?  They already told that story…..Seriously, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

Bourne 4 – While I’ll still be intrigued by anything Bourne-related, I really wish they would have let this series go out on top after The Bourne Ultimatum.  That movie rocked….now, they’ll have to make their own story since the author, Robert Ludlum, had no involvement in any of the books after the first three.  In my eyes, that knocks expectations down a bit…Still, if the day comes where there’s another Bourne movie comes out, and the trailers look anywhere near the quality of the first three films…I guess they can keep going.  But…I have my doubts.

There’s others…but these stick out the most.  I’m all for inventing new franchises, but some of these movies seem ridiculous to even attempt sequels at.

Via FirstShowing.net

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June 26, 2008 at 5:59 pm

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Trailer Watch Update: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Saw Get Smart this morning….sad to report that there’s no Harry Potter trailer attached to this WB movie.

I think it’s beyond impossible that it won’t show up now in a few weeks with The Dark Knight. That’s the most high-profile release left yet…..There’s good trailers on the horizon….I’m willing to bet almost anything that a Quantum of Solace trailer hits with Hancock.

Looking forward to the weeks ahead.

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June 20, 2008 at 6:45 pm

Future Musings: Leonardo DiCaprio wanted for Captain America?

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FirstShowing.net has fueled the hype for Marvel’s future movie slate by posting about rumors that the studio is gunning to get Leonardo DiCaprio to step into the shoes of Captain America for the still-far-out 2011 tentpole, The First Avenger: Captain America.

Honestly, I think he’s a good fit for the role, if it’s true.  It’s going to be interesting to see who Marvel picks, because the hype is already building after all the hints and winks The Incredible Hulk threw out for the film. There’s even rumors that he was cut out of The Incredible Hulk…or was at least supposed to show up in some capacity.

SPOILER ALERT

He never does show up….they just mention the serum, and a little nod to World War II when they first tested it on a soldier….Heck, they even refer to Tim Roth as a “super soldier”, which is exactly what they called the Captain America prototype before he took the Captain America name.

END SPOILERS

I’m a sucker for comic book movies, and I’m glad Marvel is self-containing and interweaving all of their movies.  It’s a good step toward making them their own films….I just hope Captain America can compare to Iron Man, because no other summer movie has lived up to the hype like it did…

Let the speculation run wild until whenever Marvel finds their next big star….I’m already psyched!

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June 13, 2008 at 6:55 pm

This Week’s Musing: The Incredible Hulk

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I’m what seems to be one of a very small portion of people who are eager to see this week’s The Incredible Hulk.  I’m really hoping that it’s a hit for Marvel after the disaster that was Hulk back in 2004.

I guess what’s obvious from this is that this weekend’s box office take for the film could be substantially hampered by the bad taste in everyone’s mouth from Ang Lee’s drama-filled disaster on the first try.

I personally am keeping the bar low, although I’m still getting more excited as the day nears.  I’ve heard rumblings that it’s just as good as Iron Man, which, if true, really is saying something.  Iron Man started off summer right, and has been one of my favorite movies of the year (not just comic book inspired either).

Hopefully word of mouth helps this one out, although it’s got a lot of competition, seeing as there’s a big release every week until the end of the summer movie season in early August.

Fingers crossed that it’s good…Look for reactions here after I see it.

Anyone else planning on seeing The Incredible Hulk this week?  Thoughts?

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June 9, 2008 at 11:07 am

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Transformers 2 Gets an Official Title

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ComingSoon.net has confirmation from a variety of sources confirming the official title for the sequel to Transformers.

Here it is….

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Anyone else notice how studios shy away from sticking to numbers in the title….I guess it doesn’t always work, but I think in some cases it works…others it doesn’t. Spiderman 2 is the most obvious choice….that movie wouldn’t be the same if it had a subtitle.

Still…this sounds cool, and I’m still finding it hard to believe that in just about a year a sequel to Transformers will already be hitting the big screen…..

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June 5, 2008 at 2:18 pm

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Future Musings: The Green Hornet

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ComingSoon.net has a new entry on the upcoming Green Hornet movie that made me want to sound off.

I remember stumbling onto some episodes of the TV show The Green Hornet many years ago, and remember not enjoying it at all. I know I may have been much younger, but Rogen’s audience primarily consists of the 15-30 year old sector that I’m a part of now, and while he may be able to pique some interest in reviving an old-school TV show into an action movie (action comedy, perhaps?), this one wreaks of “Summer Blockbusters that FLOP”. (It’s currently slated for June 2010)

Suddenly, Seth Rogen has become somewhat of a hot commodity, after hits like Knocked Up and Superbad (not so much for his acting, but he is in it). And the thing is, they’re billing this as an action movie. I highly doubt it’s in a league with action movies that first come to mind, and I’ll need some convincing to buy Seth Rogen as an action hero…..In any sense of the word.

No disrespect toward Rogen, but I don’t think The Green Hornet is as appealing as he thinks (him, and whoever else’s idea it was). After a little more surfaces from this film (it’s not even totally written yet), I might be open to the possibility of Rogen in the role of the Green Hornet and to the film itself.

Until then, I’m not buyin’ it…..

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June 4, 2008 at 5:18 pm

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Photos

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A couple of new photos have been making the round for the latest entry into the Harry Potter movie franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

I’ll add them here when I get home….for now, head to FirstShowing.net.

A teaser should arrive in a couple weeks with Get Smart….Always great to be in Harry Potter season!  November can’t come soon enough!

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June 1, 2008 at 6:36 pm

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